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MM's Favourite Cover Songs of 2013

Here are our favourite covers of the year.

Marissa Nadler & Angel Olson – Frisco Depot
(Original by Mickey Newbury)

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Shearwater – Fucked Up Life
(Original by the Baptist Generals)

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra – (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay
(Original by Otis Redding)

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Betse Ellis – Straight To Hell
(Original by The Clash)

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Jessica Lea Mayfield – I’m In A Hurry (And I Don’t Know Why)
(Original by Alabama)

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Shovels & Rope – Johnny 99
(Original by Bruce Springsteen)

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Swim Until You Can’t See Land
(Original by Frightened Rabbit)

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Milo Greene – Parents
(Original by The Descendents)

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Pickwick featuring Sharon Van Etten – Lady Luck
(Original by Richard Swift)

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Natural Child – White Light/White Heat
(Original by the Velvet Underground)

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Phosphorescent – Storms Never Last
(Original by Waylon Jennings)

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Phosphorescent – Ya Hey
(Original by Vampire Weekend)

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The Avett Brothers – Hammer Down
(Original by Jason Molina)

New EP From Benjamin Francis Leftwich.

Radio 1 premiered a brand new song from affable singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich yesterday titled In The Open. It is the title track from his upcoming 4-song In The Open EP, due out on the 20th November.

Have a listen.

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Day three and more sun, surely one the only sequences of three whole days without rain that we’ve had all summer. Despite 14,000 pairs of feet, the estate still looked rather fine and the spirit of village-green good naturedness was still at the forefront of everything. On the bandstand the Keston Cobblers’ Club provided the perfect soundtrack for the setting with a gorgeous set of gentle folk that bodes very well for their forthcoming album.

Elsewhere Grant Lee Buffalo’s reformation and return was met with a set that was straining at the leash to recreate past glories – no freewheelin’ here and they played as though lives depended on it, much to the appreciation of the audience who were then soothed back into a state of soporific calm by the reflective words and strummed chords of singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich.

A peculiarly short cameo set from Giant Giant Sand was sweet enough, but perhaps wasn’t even long enough to leave us wanting more, which we would surely have done based on the evidence of the latest record. Then as the sun set and Spiritualized took the stage we were treated to a glorious set of epic, gospel tinged psychedelia that matched the surroundings perfectly – from the opening riffs of Hey Jane via to the closing pulsating Take Me To The Other Side via the mortality questioning classics of Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space and Soul on Fire it was another stand out set in a weekend of such delights.

And lastly Wilco, clearly enjoying themselves and mixing up “a bunch of mellow stuff” before proclaiming “let’s dance”, the set was bursting with back catalogue classics and classics to be. Overcoming a mid-set tendency for some extended guitar histrionics the sublime Handshake Drugs was perhaps the song of the weekend whilst closer A Shot In The Arm pushed it close.

The darkness fell and still smiling, still cheering the crowds departed for tents and dancing whilst we, a little smugly, strolled up the hill to our own beds!

Download Keston Cobblers’ Club – For Words mp3 (from One, For Words)

Download Giant Giant Sand – Detained mp3 (from Tucson)

Download Wilco – I Might mp3 (from The Whole Love)

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New Single From Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Benjamin Francis Leftwich has had a great year and his new single Shine‚ perfectly balances his subtle guitar with his soft and unique voice. With layered hand-claps combining with aching harmonies, this is three minutes of pure positive elegance, further proving that the excitement surrounding Ben as one of the most compelling new prospects of the year is justified.

Have a listen.

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The delicate acoustics and honest lyrics of Benjamin Francis Leftwich are causing more than a few ears to prick up around the music world at the moment.

Following acclaim for his two previous EPs (check our post on the Pictures EP here), the buzz is set to heighten with the release of the beautifully poetic and melancholy new single Box Of Stones – out on the 5th June.

He will also be performing at a host of forthcoming festivals including Camden Crawl, Dot-To-Dot, Bestival, Boardmasters, Green Man and Glastonbury, along with announcing a new headline UK tour in June.

Debut album, Last Smoke Before The Snow Storm‚  is set for release on the 20th June and is available to pre-order now. The first 1,000 pre-orders from HMV coming in an exclusive signed slip case.

Watch and listen to Box Of Stones below.

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Visit his website here.

It was Barry-Sean who was first to pick up on Pictures, the fragile and elegant new EP from Benjamin Francis Leftwich. It was released earlier this month through Dirty Hit.

The EP melds a flair for delicate and beautiful songwriting as it glides from the deft finger-picking on the lead track into the refined elegance of Sophie. On See You Soon, Leftwich’s hope strewn lyrics are offset by delicate melodies and as the EP finishes with The Boat, we are left with a lingering reminder of an understated, but considerable talent.

Take a listen to Pictures:

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Alternatively you can watch this equally lovely acoustic version

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You can also see him supporting Noah & The Whale on their forthcoming tour:

Wednesday 30th March, Deaf Institue, Manchester

Thursday 31st March, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Saturday 2nd April, Stereo, Glasgow

Sunday 3rd April, Whelans, Dublin

Monday 4th April, Thekla, Bristol

Visit his website here. Buy the EP from Amazon here.

And finally, don’t forget his cover of Arcade Fire’s Rebellion that we posted back at Christmas.

Download Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Rebellion mp3 (Arcade Fire Cover)

So ahead of our mammoth postings of end-of-year favourites: albums, tracks, covers, old songs heard for the first time in 2010 etc. etc. and posted by Mrs Mackerel, MM, Barry-Sean, Mr Popper, Dr Roddy, Polly Pocket et al here is a quick and dirty round-up of some of the new tunes, Christmas tunes, covers and other bits and pieces that have been doing the rounds.

Having already posted two covers yesterday by the Handsome Family and Gospel Claws, we’ll keep the theme going strong today. So enjoy Neon Indian and his cover of T-Rex’s classic glam rocker Children of the Revolution, folk singer Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s version of Arcade Fire’s Rebellion, Clare Maguire’s hauntingly beautiful and mesmerising version of Antony’s Hope There’s Someone, and the very hip Golden Filter take on Psychic TV’s disturbing 1983 seasonal offering White Nights.

We also have the lo-fi indie goodness of Summer Camp covering the 80s band The Waitresses, and some festive, fragile folk from Greater Pacific.

Download all below, but also take some time to check these out.

Ace oddball indie label the Jezus Factory have released this last minute charity single from Lil’ Lost Lou with all profits going to Shelter From The Storm (Reg Charity 1125575)

So please do dig deep and help someone get a bed and some food this Christmas by buying this single… It’s pretty easy to end up on your uppers, I’m not too far from it myself……….. also this is a damn fine song and if you don’t believe us have a listen! You can buy it here.

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And lastly The Whites of our Eyes is the 7 minute long, improvised result of the first collaboration between Oxford / London kraut-jazz-drone experimentalists Braindead Collective (featuring members of Guillemots, The Epstein, Keyboard Choir and others), and the Scotland-via-Lancashire purveyor of lo-fi creaks and drones, Rob St.John.

Recorded on the coldest day of a freezing British winter in Oxford’s oldest church – St.Michael’s on Cornmarket St – by microphones strategically strewn from pews and rafters, it captures the sound of a band reshaping and remaking the song in response to each other’s improvisations. The result is a piece that teeters between a John Martyn or Smog-esq melody and the atonality and doomy drones of a Velvet Underground or Earth track.  Treading this line for 7 minutes, the song emerges refreshed on the repeated refrain of “You know I never came down from that tree”, backed by a chorus of voices echoing ever quieter into the icily empty church.

The single will be released on a pay-what-you-can basis, with all proceeds going to the homeless charity Shelter. Click here to download your copy.

Download Neon Indian – Children of the Revolution mp3 (T. Rex Cover)

Download Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Rebellion mp3 (Arcade Fire Cover)

Download Clare Maguire – Hope There’s Someone mp3 (Antony & The Johnsons Cover)

Download The Golden Filter – White Nights mp3 (Psychic TV Cover)

Download Summer Camp – Christmas Wrapping mp3 (Waitresses Cover)

Download Greater Pacific – Let It Snow mp3